Semtov H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3018) interviewed by Jaša Almuli
- Athens, Greece : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
- Interview Date
- December 14, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Semtov H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3018). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Semtov H., who was raised in Thessalonikē, Greece, one of five children. He recalls speaking Ladino at home; attending a Jewish elementary school; family Sabbath dinners and attending synagogue; Zionist activities (he sings a Ladino song); ghettoization; escaping with one brother when ordered to report for forced labor; returning home after a few weeks; he and his brother bribing a boat captian to take them to the Italian-occupied area; returning to Salonika; obtaining false papers from a railroad employee when deportations started; escaping to Athens; being joined by his brother; hiding in several places while living as non-Jewish Greeks; learning their entire family had perished except two cousins; returning to Salonika; selling his father's business; marriage in 1949; and living in Athens. Mr. H. notes he identifies himself as a true Greek and a Zionist.